Wolves player ratings as Raul Jimenez, Conor Cody and Adama Traore in Southampton

Adama Traore scored a decisive third goal in a 3-1 win over Southampton to end a week of speculation over his future at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Spain international Trior started the game at Molineux on the bench before sealing three points for Wolves in stoppage time.

The Wolves were in control before Raul Jimenez (pen) and Connor Cody set off a nervous climax of a James Ward-Prause long-range free-kick.

But Traore – who has been heavily linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur this week – kept his cool to secure a decent win for Wolves.

Southampton started early and threatened Wolves’ goal with a flurry of early corners, but they failed to test Jose Sa in the opening 20 minutes.

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When Romain Peraud finally hit the goal for the Saints, Sa got down well enough to tip his shot around the post for another corner.

Wolves slowly made their way into the competition, although referee Michael Salisbury did little to help Bruno Ledge’s men with a list of questionable decisions.

Salisbury did not even opt to award a penalty to Wolves in the 33rd minute after Jan Bednarek hit Ryan Ait-Nuri. Thankfully, this was one of those rare occasions where VAR came to the wolves’ rescue.

Four minutes after the incident, Jiménez scored from the spot to maintain his 100 percent record from penalties in the Premier League (7/7) and gave Wolves the lead.

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The Saints pushed for a quick equalizer, but Sa brilliantly rejected Mohamed Salisu after the defender met powerfully from an invited cross from the right flank.

Ait-Nuri was causing a lot of problems for the visitors on the left and could have doubled Wolves’ lead in the stoppage time of the first half. But the Frenchman could detect the side-netting only after Jimenez sent clear.

The hosts had to defy pressure from some Saints at the start of the second half, before following the same pattern as the first.

The Saints were warned of Wolves’ set piece progress when Cody converted Joao Moutinho’s delivery through a clever assist from debutant Totti Gomes.

Wolves saw that goal was dismissed for offside, but Molineux scored a valid goal shortly before the hour mark at Cody.

Ait-Nuri this time with a free-kick from the left side and Max Kilman hit a header on the post which Cody converted on a rebound.

The VAR check briefly threatened to ruin Wolves’ celebration, but the right decision came and was greeted with enthusiasm inside Molineux.

The Saints continued to press to return to the game and found a brilliant Ward-Prause free-kick through.

The Southampton captain fired home from all 35 yards to set up a frantic finale.

Both teams missed opportunities in the final moments, none worse than Trior’s skid attempt from 10 yards after Fraser Forster saved Fabio Silva’s effort.

But the Spaniard was not to be denied and sealed three points with his first goal of the season in stoppage time – a good run down and eliminating the advancing Forster.

Eighth-placed Wolves and West Ham now have just six points in the Champions League final.

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jose sa 8

Where can you start with Jose Sa? If he’s not a cruft-turning striker, he’s making a world-class save. If he’s not doing that, he’s probably picking up a teammate with a brilliant pass from 50 yards.

Sa made some good defenses from Peraud and Salisu in the first half at crucial times.

Any goalkeeper would be annoyed at being beaten from 35 yards, but Ward-Prause’s late free-kick was brilliant.

Max Killman 8

‘Max Killman for England’ rings around Molyneux in the second half, and it certainly cannot be long when Gareth Southgate takes a closer look at Wolves’ atrocious centre-back.

Kilman looked so confident and confident, nonetheless, and covered Cody and Totti very well once they were out of position.

Connor Kodi 8

Coady marshaled Toti on his debut and found the net twice – one that stood after the VAR check.

The England international kept Saints Dangerman Broja calm in another impressive outing.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Conor Cody scored the second goal

Totty Gomes 8

As for the introduction of the Premier League to relatively untrained youngsters from overseas, it was excellent. Totti produced the no-nonsense performance the Wolves needed to fully respond to Ledge’s SOS call.

Given Totti is a natural replacement for Sass, it will come as no surprise to see him keep the jersey at Brentford next weekend.

Nelson Semedo 8

Semedo is playing with tremendous consistency at the moment and is starting to deserve some recognition.

A sprint to thwart Armstrong late showed quick pace and willingness from the Portuguese full-back.

Joao Mutinho 8

Another great performance from the veteran playwright of wolves, whose renaissance continues under Ledge. Moutinho used the ball very well and controlled the game in the absence of his midfield partner Neves.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Joao Moutinho (right) and Southampton’s James Ward-Prause fight for the ball

Leander Dandonker 7

Dandoncar was solid in midfield with Moutinho and worked tirelessly to prevent the Saints from finding a place behind Wolves’ midfield.

However, he needs to ignore the slogan ‘Shoot’ from Wolves fans!

Ryan Ait Noori 8.5

Despite Markle’s fitness issues, Ait-Noori has taken the left-back spot as her own.

He has improved a lot defensively this season and was Wolves’ most dangerous attacker.

Francisco Trincao 6.5

Trincao was the quietest of Wolves’ front three but showed quality moments. He needs to show more consistency to cement his place.

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Francisco Trincao of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Ibrahima Diallo and Romain Perad of Southampton

Raul Jimenez 8

Coolly converted a penalty to open the scoring and led the line brilliantly. Earned a standing ovation from supporters for his relentless performance.

Danielle Podence 7.5

The little magician continues to entertain and even when he wasn’t at his scintillating best today, there were moments of pure class.

A lot of Wolves’ game goes through him at this time, and he showed his willingness to fight for the cause with several darts to help him defend.

later stages

Adama Traore (for Trincao, 78) 7

Missed a sitter, but scored his first goal of the season in a lively cameo.

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Adama Traore scores Home Wolves’ third goal against Southampton

Fabio Silva (for Jimenez, 80) 7

The closing phases once again added energy and enthusiasm.

Luke Kundle (for Podence, 90) N/A

A brief Premier League debut for the teenager.

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